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Jul 3, 2011 11:00am EDT
is a big bargaining chip. looks like defense will take a bigger cut because of that. >> every single one of the panels has recommended bigger cut spending. secretary gates has even said he was expecting a bigger number than 400 billion or that some of the estimates out there were bigger than 400 billion. marcus, what are some of the things the pentagon doing to prepare for a leaner future. gates was the one out there arguing to keep spending levels high. >> well up to now, the pentagon mainly way of saving money is through efficiencies. last budget go around for over five year period they said we will save $178 billion. however they reinvested 100 billion. now they believe more work can be done in terms of efficiencies, however more has to be done in terms of whether it's weapons, whether it's instrain. >> kate let me end with you, do we know, now that we have some of the these proposals on the floor, do we know where the 2012 defense bill is going to ultimately end up? >> i think all of the bills that have been passed so far, i think you will see defense get cut much more than has alre
Jul 31, 2011 11:00am EDT
be using these big amphibious ships in the future? >> i think it is a testimony to the big deck amphibians. right now we have 11. navy has 11 cbn aircraft carriers, so our nation at large has 22 large deck what i call capital ships. >> power projection ships? >> power projection ships. ships that can influence the action. so we have 11 -- excuse me, 22 now and each one of them have fixed wing airplanes on them and i think the key lesson for everybody is the value of having 11 -- excuse me 22 versus 11, should we go down the road somewhere and we end up losing our stonewall capabilities, then our nations instead of having 22 ships where you can fly fixed wings, you only have 11 and our capability will be half so i think that's a powerful lesson. >> that's something we'll discuss in the next segment. but i want to take you to the budget and to the capability review that is ongoing. there was a number of $400 billion to be cut over a dozen years and folks are sayings that overcome by events that there is a lot of debt negotiation talk and numbers as high as a trillion dollars to be cut from d
Jul 24, 2011 11:00am EDT
how valuable it was. and then when we combine that with gps precision, we are the big enabler for precision targeting these days. >> n.r.o. was born of the air force and the cia back in 1961, and defense secretary gates became frustrated of what he saw to be an outdated charter a couple of years ago. what did he mean by that and what are some of the changes you guys are making in sort of the fundamental charter of the organization? >> well, as you know, the change from cia and air force to dni and sec-def meant the charter was simply not valid anymore. we spent about the first year that i was in that job working on that charter. it was determined that charter was no longer the right word, it's called memorandum of agreement, it was signed by the secretary and the director of national intelligence last september. it gives me all the authority i need to manage my programs, provides authority for me to be the principal adviser to the secretary and the d.n.i. on overhead reconnisance and i'm very, very happy with it. >> and it solves some of the organizational and turf issues that
Jul 10, 2011 11:00am EDT
are the three big buckets. we will have the make changes in each of those. >> coming up next -- the threat that keeps the chairman awake at night. >>> welcome back to this week in defense news. late last week i sat down with i asked is him when he looked to 2025, what are the thefts that keep him awake at night. >> the biggest threat that is out there, i think it is cyber. i think that we're going to have to focus a lot more on it. we're going to have to put more resources against it. we're going to have to train people better. line leaders as well as skilled individuals. >> the whole organization. >> because cyber, actually, can attack or infrastructure, our financial systems. etc. it is a space with no boundaries and rules. there are people who are very good at it. countries who are very good at it, that more than anything else, that's the long-term left that really keeps me awake. >> let me take you to china. we're about to visit there. as we air, you're scheduled to be in china on a visit. mm power. our alleys in asia are getting nervous. we're going to be spending more time there, and
Jul 17, 2011 11:00am EDT
through the force. this review is supposed to be shaped by the qdr but the big criticism is it didn't make tough choices. how will it work to help make the tough choices for the future? >> i think we have made tough choices. as we built the budget, you mentioned the $330 billion number, we ended production of the f 22 and the c-17. we have closed the joint forces command. we canceled the presidential helicopter. we have made tough choices and those tough choices came out of the strategy that was the strategy with the document for the strategy was the defense review. >> you think it's a valid shaping document, just the repry orization within the document? >> yes. tough go back looks at the priorities. you don't want to do an across the board shave. we want to cut from the lower priorities and protect the higher priorities. i identified cyber security, long range strike and unman air rielle capabilities as things you want to protect. >> what are some of the capabilities -- secretary gates had his own list, joint strike fighter and aerial tankers and war ships as being important things. we ar
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